Comic artists, creators, and dealers will be at the Northeast Comic Con & Collectibles Extravaganza March 4 & 5 at the Hanover Mall Event Center. You’ll find a high-quality abundance of a variety of genres and styles including silver, gold and modern age and original art.
NEComicCon’s Mission is to show the next generation where the careers are in the creative arts. We provide them role models who chose these paths and are willing to answer questions, review portfolios, and give helpful advice.
Educators, writers and artists, Alex Simmons (Archie, Blackjack), Mike Lopez and Garrison Eckerson (Life’s a Beach), offer guidance to young folks in comic creation and exploring imagination.
Marvel Comic and DC artists include Joe St.Pierre (Spider-Man), Steve Geiger (Punisher, Hulk) and Mark McKenna (Batman, Deadpool)
Comic strip artist Guy Gilchrist (Nancy, The Muppets), Disney Animator and artist Philo Barnhart (The Little Mermaid, Beauty & The Beast, Secret of NIMH) and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles artist Steve Lavigne bring some heavy weight talent to the show from comic art fields outside of the traditional super hero comic book genres.
Independent comic artists are showing that the next big thing may be something you’ve never heard of before. Local independent comic publishers like Bad Kids Press and HB Comics present new titles. Independent artists like Johnny C, Emmanuelle McGowan, Karen Gosselin and Jesse Lundberg present new concepts and characters.
There will be plenty of vintage comic books for sale. These comics will be presented by knowledgeable dealers such as Comicazi (Somerville MA), Rubber Chicken (Bellingham MA), Comically Speaking (Reading MA), Arachknight Comics (Warwick RI), M&T Comics (Hammondton NJ), Bedrock Comics (Framingham MA) and Atomic Dimestore (Centerville MA) among others. You’ll also find all forms of pop culture, toys, actions figures, trading and gaming cards, celebrities signing autographs, cosplay, video games and lots more family fun.
TV’s Batman and Robin will be appearing in person, Adam West and Burt Ward, along with the Batmobile, Batboat and Batcycle. Autographs and photo ops with the dynamic duo will be available all weekend.
Saturday from 10 am until 6 pm, Sunday from 10 am till 5 pm, with early entry available at 9:30 for a higher fee. Children 12 and under free admission with a paid adult admission. Free Parking and Guaranteed Not Boring
Hanover Mall Event Center is located on Route 3, about 15 miles south of Route 93, at Exit 13 (Route 53). Plenty of free parking, and Walmart, Sears, Macys and lots of restaurants next door.
JIM STERANKO has cut a ferocious path through the entertainment arts, with a dozen successful careers to his credit: author, magician, illustrator, escape artist, historian. He is cited as one of the prime architects of Marvel Comics and the co-creator of NICK FURY, AGENT OF S.H.I.E.L.D. He also wrote and drew CAPTAIN AMERICA, THE HULK, SUPERMAN, and THE X-MEN (for which he designed the classic title logo); As a musician, he gigged with Bill Haley in the early days of rock 'n' roll; as a pop-culture icon, he has appeared at more than 400 international events and exhibited his work worldwide, including at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC and the Louvre in Paris; and his two volumes of THE HISTORY OF COMICS have sold more than 100,000 copies each. As an escape artist, his death-defying performances inspired the character Mister Miracle and, according to Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon, he was the man upon which the protagonist of THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER & KLAY was based; and more—photographer, ad agency art director, sideshow fire-eater, male model, typographer, designer...the list goes on. As a filmmaker, he collaborated with Steven Spielberg, George Lucas—for whom he created the look of Indiana Jones—and Francis Ford Coppola on some of their most popular films. He served as Creative Consultant for the History Channel's two-hour documentary COMIC-BOOK SUPERHEROES—UNMASKED; shook up Twitter with his innovative TNT technique (visit his live Sunday-night sessions by typing in iamsteranko); and is currently prepping AN EVENING WITH STERANKO for theatrical venues across the country. His dozen CAPTAIN AMERICA variants topped Marvel sales charts; the IDW SHIELD ARTIST’S EDITION sold out before publication (and won an Eisner Award); and his 2017 OVERSTREET PRICE GUIDE—with his Batman cover—had record-breaking sales. His covers for ACTION 1000, CAPTAIN AMERICA 700, and DETECTIVE 1000 set high sales records. Recent polls cite Steranko as the 5th Most Influential Comics Artist in the history of the form. And he's still the best-dressed man in comics.
Keith Williams, comic book inker, enrolled in the School of Visual Arts in New York City from 1976 to 1980. Majored in Media Arts and studied under Will Eisner, the creator of the Spirit comic strip. He received a Bachelor of Fine Art. With the help of Marvel comic book artist and mentor Don Perlin, Keith started working for Marvel Comics in 1982 as a background inker. He worked for inkers including Joe Sinnott and Mike Esposito. At Marvel, he became the first John Romita Raider, an art correction group. Keith later became an assistant editor under Jim Owlsley (Christopher Priest) on the Spider-Man group of books. The two became the first all black editorial team in Marvel's history. He later became John Byrne's background artist on Alpha Flight, The Hulk, Superman and Action Comics. Keith began inking regularly with the Web of Spider-Man, which lasted for four years. In between that time and after he worked on many other books at Marvel. Some of which were The Silver Surfer, She-Hulk with John Byrne, Warlock, Quasar with Greg Capullo, Star Trek and the X-men. At Dark Horse Comics, The Mask and Walter with artist Doug Manke and Star Wars Droids. At DC Comics, Superman, and the Lobo/ Mask graphic novel with Doug Manke. For Valiant, he worked on Quantum and Woody and the covers of X-O Man. At Moonstone Comics, The Kolchak Night Stalker Chronicles, Buckaroo Banzai and Domino Lady. For ten years he had worked on The Phantom for King Features Syndicate. And at Avatar Press he inked Lady Death and Crossed covers. A Crossed webisode comic, "Wish You Were Here" and the cover and interiors of the comic book Uber. He has also inked Avatar Press' recently published graphic novel Max Brook's Harlem Hellfighters.
Keith Champagne is an Inker, Colorist, Writer, Finisher and Artist who has produced for Marvel, DC and Independents, along with producing images and products for his own lines of merchandise. Keith has worked on Batman, Green Lantern, JSA, Justice League, Firestorm, Nightwing, Superman, Supergirl, Superboy and others for DC Comics. For Marvel Keith has worked on X-Men, Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Star Wars, Spider-Man, Cable and others. Keith will be offering commissions, signed prints and signing books.
JOE ST. PIERRE
Joe St. Pierre is well known as the artist who has pencilled the most #1 issues of the Spider-Man family covers. Joe also is co-creator and artist on "Fabien Cousteau's Expeditions" series including the recently released Great White Shark Comic. Joe began his comic book career at Valiant Comics, as penciler of RAI, and co-creator of SECRET WEAPONS. He has sold over 2 million comic books, as a writer and artist for Marvel, DC (Aquaman, Green Lantern), Image (Megahurtz), IDW (Transformers), Boom (Power Rangers) and Dynamite. Joe also works in the fields of commercial illustration, intellectual property design and storyboards for Animation and Video Games. Clients have included MTV, Capstone, Discovery Channel, Nickelodeon, Warner Bros. Animation, Cartoon Network, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Sony, PBS, The Amazing Kreskin and Activision. Joe’s publishing company, Astronaut Ink, highlights his own creator-owned properties BOLD BLOOD, MEGAHURTZ® and most recently his own comic book series NEW ZODIAX.
Artist and Animator Philo Barnhart holds a very impressive resume. Over the course of his long career Philo has worn a number of hats in the film industry including key character design and assistant animation positions with Disney. Philo was the original chgaracter creator and animator for Ariel and Ursula in Disney's The Little Mermaid, and his first film work was on the original Star Trek The Motion Picture, Some of Philo's work can be seen in other films such as Beauty and the Beast, The Black Cauldron, and The Secret of Nimh, along with late 20th century television series animation on Godzilla, G.I. Joe and many others. have you heard of Super Friends? He work on that. Star Trek the Motion picture? He work on that. Smurf, Jem and the holograms, Space Ace, Dragons lair? The 13 ghosts of Scooby Doo. YES HE WORK ON ALL OF THEM! we could spend hours listing more titles and the answer would be"HE WORKED ON THAT!" A couple of his crowning jewels are The Secret OF NIMH character key assistant and The Little Mermaid (character designer) / (character key). He also worked on Consumer Products for several years with Disney you can still find his artwork to this day still being used on toys, books, home electronics/appliances, apparel and posters! Currently Philo is working with Silver Phoenix Entertainment Inc. His Latest title is WHISPERS FROM THE VOID!™ Often he can be seen trapped with the Wanna Be Master of Horror Charles D. Moisant at conventions. 2013 to Present Whispers From the VOID Silver Phoenix Entertainment Inc. (Illustrator, Character Design. Layout.) 2014 Punkin's Imagination, (Story Boards) 2010-2014 Milwaukee Institute Of Art And Design in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Instructor of Traditional 2D Animation techniques.) 2008-2013 Miracle In The Meadows, Tom Hignite Studios (character design, layout, animation.) 1995-2003 Disney Consumer Products (Senior staff Artist) 1995 The Tale of Tillie's Dragon (Short) (additional layout artist) 1991 Beauty and the Beast (key assistant animator: Gaston, Lefou, Lumiere, Footstool, Wardrobe - uncredited) 1984 Dragon's Lair II: Timewarp (Video Game) (key assistant animator) 1990 The Rescuers Down Under (character key) 1997 Happily Ever After (animator) / (key assistant animator) / (model designer) 1990 Roller Coaster Rabbit (Short) (assistant animator) 1989 The Little Mermaid (character designer) / (character key) 1987 Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night (key assistant animator) 1986 An American Tail (key assistant animator - uncredited) 1985 Galtar and the Golden Lance (TV Series) (character designer - 1985-1986) 1985 13 Ghosts of Scooby Doo. (character designer) 1984-1985 The Smurfs (TV Series) (character designer - 50 episodes) 1985 The Black Cauldron (assistant animator) 1983 Space Ace (Video Game) (key assistant animator) 1983 Dragon's Lair (Video Game) (key assistant animator) 1983 Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore (Short) (key assistant animator) 1983 Heidi's Song (assistant animator) 1982 The Secret of NIMH (character key assistant) 1979-1980 ABC Weekend Specials (TV Series) (assistant animator - 4 episodes) - The Trouble with Miss Switch (1980) ... (assistant animator) - The Puppy's Amazing Rescue (1980) ... (assistant animator) - The Incredible Detectives (1979) ... (assistant animator) - The Puppy's Great Adventure (1979) ... (assistant animator) 1979 The Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show (TV Series) (assistant animator - 1979) 1979 Star Trek The Motion Picture (Special Effects Animation Assistant - uncredited)
Half of the Dynamic Duo of Science Fiction and Fantasy, Bob Eggleton and Marianne Plumridge return with new original artwork, prints, books and commissions. Bob Eggleton is an American science fiction, fantasy, and horror artist. Eggleton has been honored with the Hugo Award for Best Professional Artist eight times, first winning in 1994. He also won the Hugo Award for Best Related Book in 2001 for his art book "Greetings From Earth". He has also won the Chesley Award for Artistic Achievement in 1999 and was the guest of honor at Chicon 2000.Eggleton's drawing and paintings cover a wide range of science fiction, fantasy, and horror topics, depicting space ships, alien worlds and inhabitants, dragons, vampires, and other fantasy creatures. His view on space ships were that they should look organic, and claimed that as a child, he was disappointed with the space shuttles and rockets NASA produced; they were nothing like fantasy artists of the twenties and thirties had promised. His fascination with dragons originated with his childhood interest of dinosaurs, which can be seen in the book Greetings From Earth. His paintings are commissioned and bought at science fiction conventions, and used as book covers. Eggleton has illustrated cards for the Magic: The Gathering collectible card game. Eggleton received massive encouragement from his father, in the form of books, supplies, visits to museums of space and aeronautics and support during the career choices he made. Eggleton dropped out of his art college, because he felt it was not for him. Eggleton is a fan of Godzilla, has illustrated numerous comics, magazines and children's books based on the character and worked as a creative consultant on the American remake. While in Japan he appeared as an extra in one of the more recent films.Asteroid 13562 was named Bobeggleton in his honor.
Half of the Dynamic Duo of Science Fiction and Fantasy, Bob Eggleton and Marianne Plumridge return with new original artwork, prints, books and commissions. Marianne Plumridge is an Australian-born artist and writer who lives in Rhode Island, USA, with her husband, illustrator Bob Eggleton. They share their home with over 1,000 Godzilla monster toys, and just as many dinosaurs, dragons, and other odd beasties and creature figurines. The rest of the house is occupied by numerous books, paintings, art materials, and CDs. It really is a creative atmosphere, where inspiration is never lost for long. In the last few years, Marianne has returned to her fine art roots by refining her oil painting techniques. As well as painting natural subjects, Marianne has combined birds and robots into an ongoing series of ‘technology lost in nature’ paintings that include quirky tin toy robot adventures, to great acclaim. Her other ongoing concurrent themes of cosmic whales and pointy rocket-ship paintings still enjoy success and popular favor. The results can be found online at: ‘Daub du Jour’ – http://daubdujour.blogspot.com/ Even more recently, Marianne has revived her interest in painting figurative works and portraits. Her experimental, ‘self-testing’ exploration of painting people again continues apace. In connection with her long held writing ambitions, Marianne writes book reviews and notes on her second Blog, ‘Muse du Jour’ – http://musedujour.blogspot.com/ Finished works of fiction have found their way into magazines and anthologies over the years, as well as articles and essays. Currently, Marianne continues to work on writing the nearly complete text for a book called “Bob Eggleton’s Ice Age America” for Impossible Dreams Press, in collaboration with her husband. It will feature essays and epic artwork and visions of prehistoric peoples, megafauna, and flora…and especially Mammoths and Mastodons. Marianne and Bob’s first collaboration as writer and artist, a children’s picture book called IF DINOSAURS LIVED IN MY TOWN was released in November 2013 from Sky Pony Press. Late this year, one of Marianne’s ‘more than doodle’ rocket paintings will grace the cover of Analog Magazine in the November/December Issue.
Paul Pelletier is a well establish penciller. He is know to have worked on titles for DC comics and Marvel comics. Paul Pelletier has worked on past DC comic titles like The Flash, Superman, and others. Paul more recent work has been under Marvel Comics. As an example we have Guardians of the Galaxy, Wolverine, etc. Paul Pelletier recently left Marvel comics to join DC comics to work on Aquaman. He will be working an Aquaman story arc called "Throne of Atlantis." Paul will be working with well-known writer Geoff Johns. Paul will also be working with Ivan Reis and Joe Prado on this story arc that cross over with Justice League. Paul work on Aquaman will began with the New 52 Aquaman issue number 15. Paul Pelletier has been drawing comics over the last 30 years. He has worked with DC Comics, Marvel, Crossgen, Malibu and various other companies throughout his career. His art has been seen in Aquaman, The Incredible Hulk, Batgirl, Fantastic Four, Guardians Of The Galaxy, Flash and numerous other titles. He is currently drawing original stories for DC's Superman Giant, which can be found in Walmart and comic book shops.
Ken has worked on comics for Bongo, IDW, DC, Image, Moonstone, and Airwave. Most notably, he’s inked stories in Futurama, Bart Simpson Comics, Simpsons Winter Wing Ding, Bart Simpson’s Treehouse of Horror and Radioactive Man. Other comic book work includes the Official Adaptation of Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol, and issues of I Dream of Jeannie, The Phantom, El Mucho Grande-Wrestler for Hire, Kolchak:The Night Stalker, and Buckaroo Banzai-The Prequel. He also drew a special commemorative premium comic celebrating the 80 th birthday of cartoon icon Popeye, and drew several stories for IDW’s Popeye series. He was a contributing artist to the hardcover books C. Montgomery Burns’ Handbook Of World Domination and Bart Simpson’s Manual Of Mischief. As a freelance illustrator, Ken has worked on local and national projects, contributing artwork and designs for a series of television ads for clients Toyota, McDonald’s, and Wegmans. He served as editor of Munster Memories: A Coffin Table Book with Butch Patrick and drew a variant cover for the first issue of IDW’s ongoing Back To The Future comic series. He’s currently drawing the second issue of a new project, Dreamer, as well as developing a revival of the classic ‘50s character Jetta, and is also producing a modern romance anthology written by legendary DC Silver Age writer Barbara Friedlander. Ken teaches several extremely popular comic book production workshops each summer, which yield anthologies of student work and prepares teens interested in entering the field. He has also worked with The Strong National Museum of Play as a teaching artist. More of Ken’s work can be seen at kenwheaton.com
Richard Maurizio is a veteran artist who has produced work for Warner Bros, Turner Entertainment, Universal Studios, Sony Signatures, DC Comics and Archie Comics. His credits include developing educational and children’s books as well as producing a Tom & Jerry comic strip for five years. His licensing work includes Looney Tunes,The Animaniacs, Space Jam, Underdog, Thunder Agents and Godzilla Sketch cards His career started in collectible magazines with co-creating the Comics Collector for Krause Publications and Toy Values Monthly for Attic Books. Under the imprint of TV Comics and Airwave Comics he packaged comics of The Munsters, I Dream of Jeannie, Mister Magoo’s Christmas Carol and Jetta of the 20th century. He’s the co-writer on Munster Memories: A Coffin Table Book with Butch ( Eddie Munster) Patrick. His current project includes a contributing writer and artist for Jetta Raye Adventures for Totally Galactic Comics He continues to work on licensing projects and children’s books .
Jeff has been with Archie Comics for the past 25 years, drawing Betty and Veronica from 2000-2011. He also has had experience with the Peanuts characters, Tom and Jerry (newspaper strip) and many Looney Tunes characters. He will be one of the artists featured in a future issue of Jetta Raye Adventure for Totally Galactic Comics.
As a teenager in suburban Phoenix, aspiring artist Sam Sawyer couldn’t stop thinking about a story about a monster searching for an identity – an animated series that would feature a non-binary character as a hero. Fast-forward a few years: now a successful comic artist and visual designer, Sam created the animated series “SALEM: The Secret Archive of Legends, Enchantments, and Monsters,” featuring the vocal talent of Rob Paulsen (“Animaniacs”), Laura Bailey (“Critical Role” and “Dragon Ball Z”) and Adam McArthur (“Star vs. the Forces of Evil”). It’s the story of a “cryptid” (creature) named Salem, raised by the Boogeyman, who learns that they are adopted. Without a gender and without a core identity, Salem embarks on a journey of discovery among the world of faeries, goblins, and other cryptids. Rob Paulsen said of Sam “She did what all the folks at Comic Con love about this whole experience. It’s not about anything but utter joy in expressing yourself, being creative and being accepted for who you are. I’m really proud of her.” But Sawyer isn’t only determined to bring back the edgy animation of her youth; she’s also a veteran comic book artist, a published author, and designer of three Tarot decks. She appears at over 20 Comic Con events per year and was an artistic collaborator on the new Lindsey Stirling music video, “The Upside.” With her pink and purple “hombre” style haircut and bright personality, the queer-identified Sawyer knew she was an artist from a young age. Despite leaving home early, and even being homeless for a time, her determination and talent allowed her to find a space for her unique artistic vision and gave her the confidence to keep conquering new frontiers.
Comic Strip artist, author and creator, Tim's SOUR GRAPES is in multiple papers across the country and online. Tim Jones is a self-syndicated comic strip artist from Rhode Island where he lives with his wife and two daughters. Cartooning for over 20 years, he created his comic strip, Sour Grapes, in 2013, which is currently published in multiple newspapers throughout Rhode Island, Southern Massachusetts and California. Tim is a member of ARIA (Association of Rhode Island Authors) and a member of The National Cartoonists Society. Sour Grapes is about Aesop, a miserable, flying dog living in a problematic and troubled world with his odd friends.
Emily Drouin is a professional illustrator, comic book creator, art educator and founder of Kids Con New England comic con for kids in Nashua, NH and Portland, ME. She enjoys teaching kids cartooning, animating, as well as drawing all things cute. Emily earned her BA in Graphic Design from Keene State College, studied art at the NH Institute of Art, the Currier Museum of Art School, interned at Disney, as well as won Scholastic Art Awards. Her published works include: EPLIS sci-fi comic book series, The Pumpkin Wizard Goes to the North Pole, Hyperdork, Are You my Girlfriend, Mundane Men, Treasure Your Sight, and coloring activity books. Her work has been featured in Bleeding Cool, Boston Globe, Business NH, Britain’s MyM Magazine, WMUR, NH PBS, NH Magazine, Parenting NH, Fanboy, Kids Love Comics, Dover Children’s Museum, and more.
Brit K Caley
Brit is a freelance digital artist. Her paintings are centered around themes of fantasy, pop culture, and romance. If she’s not painting, you can often find her curled up with a cup of tea or spontaneously making YouTube videos.
Shiv is an illustrator, character designer, animator, and comic artist with a penchant for weird stuff. Their first comic is called Leary and is about weddings, drinking, and the devil. Shiv is currently working on an intergalactic treasure hunting comic called Seekers of Infinity. Come by and see what's up!
Behind the Mask Studio will be offering mask making classes, workshops and awesome masks for sale ... Eric also does commission. Fullbright Scholar and award-winning mask maker Eric Bornstein of Behind The Mask Studio/Theatre specializes in custom-made masks, corporate event planning, arts education, and mask theater programming. Eric has studied mask making with masters Agung Suardana in Bali, and Donato Sartori in Italy. He received his MLA in Fine Arts along with the Thomas Small prize from Harvard University. Eric was recently awarded a Fulbright grant to revive and reinvigorate the art of giant puppet effigies in Jamaica 2017. He won the 2016 IRNE award for Best Puppetry Design for Company One's Shockheaded Peter, and was part of the Liars & Believers team that won the Excellence in Production Design award at the New York Musical Theatre Festival 2012 for his masks in Le Cabaret Grimm. Other recent clients include: Centerstage Theatre's Frank The Freak (Kingston, Jamaica),Fava Opera's Les Sortilege D'Enfants (Paris), Boston Ballet's Nutcracker, Boston Lyric Opera's Madama Butterfly, Peabody Museum at Harvard, Gamm Theatre's Morality Play, Liars & Believers' Talk to Strangers, The Walnut Hill School’s Nutcracker, Forestdance (Forestmasks: Facing Our Destiny -- Giant Branch Mask), the Outside the Box Festival (Cat Mountain), The Bacchae at Club Oberon, Boston Anime, corporate video game promotions for Bethesda Softworks video games: Dishonored (Versailles, France), Skyrim/Elder Scrolls at The Boston Park Plaza Castle, Wolfenstein, and The Evil Within, A Glimpse Beyond at Mt. Auburn Cemetery (Artistic Director/Mask Design), Puppet Showplace Theatre, the Cambridge River Festival (Giant Brother Blue Puppet & Butterflies of Love ), Contemporary Theater of Boston’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Babes in Boinkland's The Slutcracker; A Burlesque, Underground Railway Theater’s Life of Galileo, First Night Boston, and the Harvard Yiddish Players’ Shulamis. He currently teaches classes in making and performing masks and offers performances and residencies to schools throughout the state through Young Audiences of Massachusetts. Over the last 30 years, Eric’s masked characters have been the subject of numerous media features. Local and national media have described Eric as “Boston’s preeminent mask maker”…”a man of many talents” and his masks as “phantasmagoric,” “magnificent,” “Stunning, finely crafted…first-rate,” “eerie/enchanting,” "masterful," "outstanding," and “gorgeous.” For more information please visit www.behindthemask.org
I’m a full time police officer, I’ve been on the job for twenty years. I’m married and have five daughters and one son. It is my passion to write and create comics, especially my own. I created the comic book series called “The Pyramid Knights “. I have four issues out there in the Indie Comic Book Universe. Issue four and issue five are penciled by my friend Savy Lim.